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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2674

500-yr old temple unearthed in Bangladesh

By M Rama Rao - Reporting for Asian Tribune

New Delhi, 16 December ( Bangladesh archeologists have discovered the remains of an ancient temple in Rajshahi area. Expert view is that the temple is at least 1500 years old. It was built during pre-Pal period. The temple is situated close to Basu Behar, one of the most important archaeological sites in Bangladesh, and about four kilometres west of Mahasthangarh, Abdul Khaleque, Regional Director (RD) of the Department of Archaeology Rajshahi Division, who was conducting the excavations said. The exact site of the excavations is at Behar Dhap of Shibganj upazila in Bogra district. The work began started last December.

Khaleque said a large number of antiques including terracotta bricks; iron nails and clay bowls have been dug up during the excavation.

The lower part of the temple was decorated with arch shaped panels of terracotta and terracotta bricks. At least 60 such bricks have been found. The structure of a small room was also discovered.

A lawn like space was noticed in front of the small room. Archeologists opine that the small room was used for keeping the idol.

Beside the lawn, nine brick-built steps with railing on both sides have been discovered. The lower part of the temple was decorated in three stages with terracotta and ornamental bricks.

Abdul Khaleque said they hope to excavate the entire structure of the temple by the end of February.

- Asian Tribune -

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